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post #1 of 16 Old 03-07-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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question about GPS

I'd like to find a GPS that I can program a route of my choosing. Many standard GPS has options for fastest, most direct, avoid tollways, ect. But I'd like to be able to plot my own route and follow it on the GPS.

For example, from LA to San Fransisco the most direct route wouldn't be up the coast highway, but that's the route I want to take.

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You can normally add waypoints and then tell the route to go through the waypoints. I rode from Nashville to Phoenix by way of Utah and Colorado and that's most assuredly not the most direct route. We just added waypoints are places we wanted to go through and told the route to go through them.

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Some garmin units can do this, there is even software for planning your routes on your computer then transferring them to the GPS.

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This place has some good info about GPS and a huge (and growing) GPS track file. Site run by a riding buddy and computer whiz who can speak plain language (for non-computer types like me).

Sorry if the link violated rules....delete if so. Just tryin' to help.
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I can built routes on a home desktop computer, transfer back and forth to a laptop while traveling, and share files with others.
But most importantly .... I can make and modify routes easily with just the unit in my hand, so it's great for following suggestions from locals or other bikers when we meet-up in coffee shops, gas stations or campgrounds.

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Many GPS units (I have a Rider2) have the ability to select "alternate route" after you have already chose your destination. You can then chose one of those routes, or as others have indicated you can build your own itinerary using way-points.

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I think we're straying from the OP's question. It sounds to me, DrDale, like you're looking for a GPS that allows for tracks; not all of them do. You're not going to get more than basic functionality out of a Nuvi 205.

On the Garmin website, and on a few other websites, like TigerGPS.com there are comparison charts available to tell you what different units can do. Look for the numbers and complexity of tracks that can be stored.

I have an aged 2720 that allows for 50 tracks to be stored. Its age makes it a bit of a hassle to program in, but if you want to Interstate to Florida with a couple of creative detours, this is the way to do it.

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My Nuvi 765T can store up to 10 pre-planned routes. The following Garmin GPSs are also capable of route planning:

Nuvi 755T
Nuvi 760
Nuvi 780
Nuvi 5000
Zumo 450
Zumo 550
StreetPilot c550
StreetPilot c340
StreetPilot c530
StreetPilot c510
GPSMAP 640

I am pretty sure this is not the full list but you'll get the idea.

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I think we're straying from the OP's question. It sounds to me, DrDale, like you're looking for a GPS that allows for tracks; not all of them do. You're not going to get more than basic functionality out of a Nuvi 205.
NO! Tracks and Routes, in Garmin-ese, are the opposite of one another. A "Route" is programmed into the GPS beforehand. A "Track" is maintained BY the GPS during the trip. Once the trip is completed the "Track" can be downloaded from the GPS to the computer and it will show the exact route that was taken during the trip. My 2820 records a point about every 30 seconds when I'm moving as part of a "Track".

If you look on the Garmin site for GPS devices that support "Tracks" there are far fewer than devices that support "Routes". It's a semantic difference but an important one when looking at Garmin devices.

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Garmin Nuvi 550 I believe provides for Waypoint/Favorites/Locations of up to 500 entries and you can save up to 10 routes. It has a feature called Custom Routes which I think is what you are looking for.

Check garmin.com and you can do a compare of different products there.

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